Governor Gordon Signs Legislation Launching Emergency Rental Assistance Program
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Governor Mark Gordon signed legislation today that officially launches the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) in Wyoming. The program will utilize $200 million in federal funding to cover rent and utility costs for Wyomingites struggling financially due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Governor Gordon signed an Executive Order in February directing the Wyoming Department of Family Services (DFS) to create the administrative infrastructure for the program so that funds could be distributed quickly upon passage of this authorizing legislation.
“We have seen the need for this stabilizing relief since the federal government created this program in December,” Governor Gordon said. “I’m pleased to sign this important legislation, which follows my Executive Order, authorizing the state to responsibly and efficiently administer these funds to Wyoming renters and landlords.”
Senate File 118 authorizes DFS to administer the program, which is open to Wyoming renters who meet income eligibility requirements, are struggling to pay rent and/or utilities because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and can demonstrate they are experiencing housing instability. Applications are scheduled to open online at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 29 at dfs.wyo.gov/erap.
DFS has created a platform that will quickly process household applications and eligible payments. Local nonprofits will also receive program funding from DFS, so that eligible households can receive help with their applications, as well as a range of other housing stability services. DFS, along with the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services, is administering the program, which is managed by a multi-agency Steering Committee.
“We are very thankful to Governor Gordon and the Wyoming Legislature for giving us the opportunity to help families who rent their home to avoid homelessness while recovering from the impacts of the pandemic,” Department of Family Services Director Korin Schmidt said. “The program also will help landlords, many of whom are small businesses, avoid financial difficulties when their renters cannot pay.”
Governor Gordon also signed the following additional bills into law today:
Bill No. Enrolled Act # Bill Title
HB0187 HEA0079 Elected official residency requirement.
HJ0013 HEJR 4 Support of Taiwan.
SF0068 SEA0066 Absenteeism in public schools.
SF0157 SEA0068 Property rights-limitation on local authority.
SF0038 SEA0073 Decentralized autonomous organizations.
The Governor allowed the following bill to go into law without his signature:
HB0163 HEA0080 Federal congressional elections-residency.
The full list of bills the Governor has taken action on during the 2021 Legislative Session as well as the Governor's letters can be found on the Governor’s website.